By Juan Cole
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said at a news conference on Saturday that China opposes US unilateral sanctions on Iran and appreciates Iran’s continued commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, despite the breach of it by the Trump administration.
This, amid evidence that China has resumed importing oil from Iran despite the Trump administration’s opposition.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in Beijing on a diplomatic mission to shore up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or nuclear deal, as a result of which Iran had been promised sanctions relief that it never received. Indeed, US sanctions on Iran are so harsh today that they far outstrip those imposed before 2015, despite Iran’s adherence to the terms of the deal.
China also has been angered by Trump’s abrupt imposition on its goods of a 25% tariff last week.
Yi, in a telephone call with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo also on Saturday, complained about the tariffs. With regard to heightened tensions between the Trump administration and Iran, he urged…